Mr. Chute's brother7 is one of the petitioners. It will be an ugly affair for the Court, for Pulteney has asked votes of the courtiers, and said Sir E. was indifferent about it; but he is -warmer than I almost ever saw him, and declared to Churchill8, of whom Pulteney claims a promise, that he must take "Walpole or Pulteney. The Sackville family were engaged too, by means of George Berkeley9, brother to Lady Betty Germain10, whose influence with the Dorset" I suppose you know; but the King was so hot with his grace about his sons, that I believe they will not venture to follow their inclinations . . .ia to vote for Pulteney, though he has expressed great concern about it to Sir K. So much for politics ! for I suppose you know that Prague is taken by storm, in a night's timels. I forgot to tell you that Commodore Lestock14, with twelve ships, has been waiting for a wind this fortnight, to join Haddock. I write to you in defiance of a violent headache, which I got last night at another of Sir T. Kobinson's balls. There were six hundred invited, and I believe above two most bitter and able attacks on Walpole's administration. He was at this time Walpole's most violent opponent in the House of Commons, and contributed more than any other individual to bring about the Spanish War. ' He was a country gentleman of good character, old family, and large property, a scholar, a writer, and a wit, and probably tho most graceful and brilliant speaker in the House of Commons in the interval between the withdrawal of Sfc. John and the appearance of Pitt.' (Lecky, Hist. Cent. XVHI, vol. i. p. 438.) 7 Francis Chute, a lawyer; d. 1745. 8 General Charles Churchill, Groom of the Bedchamber to the King. Walpole. 0 Hon. George Berkeley, youngest eon of second Earl of Berkeley; d. 1746. 10 Lady Elizabeth Berkeley (d. 1769), second daughter of second Earl of Berkeley, and widow of Sir John Germain, first Baronet, from whom she inherited the estate of Drayton in Northamptonshire. She bequeathed it on her death to the notorious Lord George Sackville, who, in consequence, took the name of Germain. 11 Lionel Cranfield Sackville (1688-1765), seventh Earl and first Duke of Dorset; Lord Steward of the Household, 1725-30, 1738-45; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, 1730-87, 1751-55; Lord President of the Council, 1741-51. « So in MS. is Taken Nov. 25 (N.S.), 1741, by the French and Saxons under Counts de Saxe and Eutowsky. i4 Commodore Bichard Lestock (afterwards Admiral of the Blue), d. 1746.